UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has received heavy criticism for his seemingly slow paced decision victory over Demian Maia at UFC 214. Now former UFC interim champion Carlos Condit has come forward with his thoughts on Woodley’s octagon performance.
Tyron Woodley spent much of his title defense match up against Maia wrestling his opponent. The match became so intensively focused on grappling that the fight actually broke the UFC record for least strikes thrown in a title fight.
In an interview on The MMA Hour, mixed martial arts veteran Carlos Condit gave his opinion on Woodley’s highly criticized title defense.
“I can definitely see where the critics are coming from. We’re athletes, but we’re also entertainers. People buy the pay-per-view to be entertained. That is part of this. This is show business. I know that winning is super important and a game plan is super important. But at some point you have to. This is the hurt business and you have to try to put your opponent out.”
“You know he’s obviously a super, super talented dude. I did watch the last fight against Maia. I felt like he at a time where he could he really could have turned it on and tried to finish, he didn’t.”
Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley have a history, Condit losing their first fight when a Woodley low kick blew out his knee. A rematch is obviously something Condit wants, though he admits his plan is to take this thing one step at a time.